Driving is considered a privilege in Arizona, and it is surprisingly easy for that privileged to be revoked. Driving on a suspended license or operating a vehicle while your driver’s license is revoked is a criminal charge. While this charge may seem like a minor one, you do not want to be stuck with a permanent criminal record that will follow you for life.
It is also very easy to be stopped for driving without a valid license. Many police departments in Arizona are getting Automatic License Plate Scanning technology. You can be pulled over with no visible automotive violation. Just driving down the road can get you arrested, even in cases were you didn’t know your license was suspended. This definitely happens, if you end up with too many tickets, and the MVD doesn’t have your current address, or makes an administrative mistake.
Can I Beat A Driving on a Suspended License Case?
Yes, there are often good legal arguments to get a suspended license violation reduced or dismissed, and in almost every case it is worth the effort. Besides the considerable expense in fines, and insurance costs, generally the goals in defending against this charge are to
- Keep your record clean of a criminal conviction
- Get your license back as quickly as possible
Contact us for a legal defense consultation today. Our Arizona defense lawyers will tell you exactly what you are up against, your best options to fight these charges, keep your license and record clean, and how we can help you accomplish those goals. See what the benefits of an experienced legal team are all about by contacting us today. There is no obligation.
How Do Arizona’s Suspended License Laws Work?
There are several ways you can end up with your Arizona drivers license either being suspended or totally revoked. The difference between a suspension and a revocation is that with the suspension, there is a set ending date. With a revocation, you license is taken for good.
Different reasons your license may have been suspended:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Refusal to submit to a breath test
- Failure to pay traffic tickets
- Being at fault in an accident in which someone was seriously injured or killed
- Reckless driving
- Having numerous driving convictions to where a judge considers you a risk on the roads.
- Failure to appear for a court date(s)
- Using your license in a fraudulent manner
If you have a criminal charge or conviction from in Arizona, but live or are licensed out of state, Arizona can order your license be suspended even if you are from out of state.
If your license was issued in a state other than Arizona, the courts can notify that state of any convictions and suspensions ordered by the Arizona courts.
Right to an MVD Administrative Hearing
In Arizona, any person whose license has been suspended or revoked has a right to an administrative hearing to review the circumstances of the suspension or revocation. In this hearing a presiding officer will determine whether the restriction should be upheld or modified in some way. Hearings are held at the the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) and are similar to court proceedings.
If your license suspension was incorrectly suspended, contact our office to speak with an attorney about your case. We represent clients at MVD hearings and can help you get your license back.
After you have fulfilled a suspension ordered by the courts you can get your license reinstated either over the internet or at one of the MVD offices. You will pay a reinstatement fee that varies dependent on the reason your license was suspended in the first place.
If you violate your suspension, however, it may be more difficult to get you license reinstated.
Operation of a Vehicle in Violation of a Restriction ARS 28-3480
If you are caught driving in violation of any restriction (suspension, revocation, curfew) you may be charged with this Class 2 misdemeanor.
This charge carries a potential sentence of 4 months in jail and fines of up to $750. In addition, you may face further restrictions on your license.
You may also be required to attend traffic school if that wasn’t already ordered with your original suspension.
Ref: Arizona Operation of a Vehicle in Violation of a Restriction Laws ARS 28-3480
Free Consultation on Arizona Driver’s License Suspension Charges
Most of us depend on our driving privileges to get us to and from work and to provide convenience for us and our families. Sometimes circumstances arise where you might feel you have no choice but to drive, despite your license being restricted. Unfortunately, the consequences of this can be serious.
If you find yourself in this situation, whether you made a mistake and got caught, or you were unaware of the suspension and don’t think the charge is fair, you need to speak with an experienced attorney about your situation. We know how Arizona license laws and criminal laws work. Our experienced defense attorneys can help you determine what your rights are and help you seek the best possible results in the court system, and with the MVD. Call us now to find out what we can do to help.